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Faculty, students collaborate to make research thrive at UW-Eau Claire

| Kristin McLeod

When the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was named the top master's level university for undergraduate research in 2016, it's possible some folks around the country were surprised. For people unfamiliar with the strong history of Blugold research, perhaps the prestigious national honor was unexpected for a small university in Wisconsin.

The Council for Undergraduate Research bestowed the honor on UW-Eau Claire because research has been integral to generations of Blugolds. At UW-Eau Claire, students and faculty alike contribute in myriad ways to ensure the university’s award-winning research programs continue long into the future.

While research may be reserved for juniors and seniors at many universities, students from a variety of backgrounds at different points in their educational journeys are involved in research at UW-Eau Claire. Approximately 45 percent of Blugolds on campus participate in student-faculty collaborative research, and many expect that number to increase in the future.

Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski was given the UW-Eau Claire 2016 Emerging Mentor in Research and Creativity Award for her exemplary efforts the past six years as a student-faculty collaborator. Glogowski sees the benefits of research for students and faculty.

“Just being able to interact with students more one-on-one means a lot to me,” Glogowski said. “Being able to see students excited about what they are doing always inspires me.” 

Glogowksi tries to encourage student success, particularly female students as women are underrepresented in the field of engineering.

“I have been inviting more women to participate in undergraduate research and trying to provide more opportunities,” Glogowski said.

Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs at UW-Eau Claire, said Blugolds have the opportunity to work with and learn from faculty members, which can open doors for students down the road.

“Undergraduate research expands student knowledge, skills and practices, something students can use in their careers or graduate studies,” Havholm said.

The amazing research being conducted each year at UW-Eau Claire is showcased during the annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, a weeklong event that occurs each spring. Hundreds of students share their work with people across campus and the community.

Undergraduate research provides students a high-impact educational experience, which is important for developing connections, gaining insight into a professional career, and it looks great on a resume.  

If you are interested in getting involved in student-faculty collaborative research, visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in Schofield Hall (Room 17), or visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Program's website.

Caption: Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski (left) was given the Emerging Mentor in Research and Creativity Award in 2016 for her outstanding work with students the past six years.